'King of Canvey' festival

Early Carnival 1900's

The procession passing the Swiss Bungalow
The King & Queen and their Court outside the bungalow called 'Amsterdam'

Long before the modern day Carnival started in the 1920’s there was a three day event with Colonel & Mrs E. Clarke being crowned the King & Queen of Canvey. They were met by members of the public and the Benfleet Highlanders Band as they arrived on the “Royal” barge. The following pictures were taken around 1902, the top picture show the King and Queen’s procession, the bottom shows the ‘court’ outside the ‘Amsterdam’ bungalow.

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  • What fantastic pictures! Where was the Swiss Bungalow in the top picture?

    By Angela Owen (07/04/2011)
  • I believe it was the Wintergardens area. I am sure someone will soon tell me if I am wrong

    By Janet Penn (07/04/2011)
  • The Swiss Bungalow was behind what is now the Petrol Station opposite the Golf Course (yes – wintergardens). I don’t know where Amsterdam was but most likely in the same area

    By David Bullock (07/04/2011)
  • The property “Amsterdam” was on the corner of Central Avenue and Station Approach. On the East side of that junction.

    By Martin Lepley (10/07/2018)

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